Greetings to everyone from the Publicity Team!
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve gained some new members – a huge thanks to Lieutenant (j.g.) Richard Matthews, Ensign James, Lieutenant Commander Hannibal Parker and Lieutenant Commander Eerie for joining our ranks! With their help we’ll be continuing in our ongoing mission to spread the word about UFOP: Starbase 118 and keep bringing in the new recruits!
Now that we’re firing on all cylinders again after our short spell of website downtime, we’re motoring ahead to pick up on the applications that we missed out on during that time! YOU can help in two ways this month, and here’s how!
The first is easy. Do you know anyone who’d enjoy SIMming with us? If you do, ask them! It really is that simple! Talk to them a bit about the group and see if they’d like to join!
The second is to give us some links to your favourite Star Trek blogs! We’re always looking for cool Trek related things to link on facebook and twitter, so if you’re currently following anything that could help us then please contact Captain Diego Herrera ([email protected]) with a URL. And if you don’t, but have a spare 10 minutes to do some searching then that would also be much appreciated!
As usual, don’t forget to like/follow us on facebook and twitter! Just look for UFOP: Starbase 118!
I’m proud to announce that we’ve just launched a new look for our website, which completely overhauls our welcome page and brings a fresher, more modern appearance to the site.
Since our website was hacked in May, I’ve been working to clean out the years of code detritus that’s gathered, old experiments that have gone awry, and even shut down our much maligned UFOP Personnel Database System, built in 2001, which served as our primary member management tool.
As part of cleaning out those cobwebs, I revived a project I had shelved just a few months ago to give our site a new look. And, over the course of the past two weeks, I worked with Captain Nicholotti of StarBase 118 Operations to choose a new look for the site, install it, and even give our logo a new look. What we ended up with is beyond my wildest expectations, and from the feedback on the forums, it sounds like our members are enjoying it, too.
It may be appropriate that time is running out on the current Writing Challenge, seeing as its topic is “From the Past.” How will you interpret this prompt? Well, a fine place to start might be with some inspiration from the recent Star Trek Into Darkness. Will your entry examine the past in an alternate universe like the one created in the recent movies? Will you look at the history of one of your characters? Will you have fun skipping rocks across the pond of time? Whatever you do, do it quickly — time is running out on this temporal Challenge, and there will be no returning to this particular historical event!
You can access the forum topic for the current Writing Challenge here. Have fun!
I never realized just how much I missed the forums until the website was attacked and, as a result, went down for more than just a little while. Now that it’s back, I find myself slipping back into old routines and checking it often. What about you? Did you miss the forums while they were away? Are you back to checking them the way you used to?
Fleet Captain Sidney Riley is 7/8 Terran and 1/8 Deltan and while she does have Deltan pheromones in her system it’s not enough to give her problems interacting with others or require her to take the Deltan Oath of celibacy. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2350 and is ten minutes younger than her older, identical twin sister Shannon.
Here at UFOP: Starbase 118 we all have the chance to share in an amazing hobby. We all draw huge amounts of reward from our continued adventures aboard our ships. Each of us has something in particular that we enjoy above all else – that could be the chance to earn promotions and move up through the ranks, the sense of achievement we get from winning one of the group’s myriad OOC competitions, or the joy of watching our characters evolve as their stories continue to be told!
The Publicity Team brings you this mission as Star Trek: Into Darkness reignites the passion for Star Trek worldwide – which of those rewards would appeal most to your Trek-fan friends? Which of them would appeal to those friends of yours who love roleplaying or sci-fi and would be willing to take part in a Star Trek-based RPG? Which element of the film did they enjoy the most, and how can we relate it to what we do here in the fleet?
More to the point… how cool would it be if you could share this amazing hobby with your real life friends? Imagine how easy it would be to cook up nefarious plots that could grace a ship during shore leave, or be written for the enjoyment of the fleet as a whole in the character café? Wouldn’t it be cool to have the chance to share the SIMs you take so much time and care over writing with your friends and inspire them to reach the same levels of achievement?
We need YOU to spread the word about the fleet to the people you know would enjoy it – remember, you’re the best person to sell it to them because you know what they like!
As a special request – this month we need extra help to bring in a flood of new members! Now we’re ready and raring to go again, the academy holodecks are screaming to be filled with new cadets who’ve heard good things about our group! Click here to find out how you can help!
Don’t forget to nominate a bio for the Featured Bio Contest before it closes on June 1st, 2013.We’re looking for the highest quality bios in the fleet to not only help provide an example for our members on how to structure their bio, but also to show off how much our members put into the creation of realistic and emotional characters.
Head to the Featured Bio Contest forum to nominate a bio of your own, or someone else whose bio you admire.
Congratulations to Chris, the writer behind Sinda Essen and Jhen Thelev, whose short story “Lex Talionis” has won the April 2013 Writing Challenge. This record-breaking win is the writer’s fifth! This round asked participants to build their stories against the prompt “Do Unto Others.” Chris’s story explored the lex talionis, or retributive justice, concept via the Cardassians and Vorta. This story was one of the few unanimous declarations of winner in the history of the Writing Challenges. Congratulations, Sarah!
Our next Writing Challenge is already open, and Chris has chosen the theme “From The Past.” This is both timely and relevant as the Challenge will still be running during the release of Star Trek Into Darkness. The Challenge will be open until June 24th!
Lieutenant Jorus Cogud began his career as a helmsman after graduating from StarFleet Academy with a major in helm and navigation, a minor in security and tactical. He worked his way up to chief helmsman before moving into his current role as the chief tactical officer of the USS Discovery-C.
The Trill was born on a Ferengi Smuggling vessel, which the family were in hiding on after getting revenge for the murder of his grandfather by Orions. Though Jorus never knew his grandfather the significant event had a profound effect on the family’s attitude and feelings towards the race. Jorus was brought up to hate and despise the people because of what they’d done and will avoid them even to this day.
The rest of his upbringing was just as interesting and he started training with Ferengi Energy Whips when he was just 7 years old. He continued to practice with them long after he left the vessel and has reached a professional level of competence with them. He keeps his skills sharp by practising whenever he has a spare moment.
Jorus was given a Marauder Mo action figure as a gift by his godfather Zug, who in a typical Ferengi fashion recommended he keep the original packaging so it would be worth more. His godfather also taught him to play Dabo from the age of 12. Jorus keeps the action figures to remind him of his upbringing on the Ferengi Vessel.
Lieutenant Jorus Cogud’s Bio will be displayed on the wiki’s front page for the month of May. As always, you can find out more about the contest at its wiki page or in its forum. Round 12 is now open, so be sure to drop by and submit your own nominations!
With summer upon us, temperatures are warming up and snow is disappearing. Are our brains thawing out as well? The world around us is coming to life, which may bring a new spark of creativity to our writing. Of course, this May also will bring a new Star Trek movie to us as well, making this summer one that we are all certain to remember. But while you’re having a blast with warmer weather and all of the pre-movie excitement, don’t forget about the many things going on around the Starbase 118 forums!
Here’s just a taste of the Forums happenings this month: